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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-10-2000, 06:59 PM
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Axle Bearing Problems

Here is my potential problem, any help is greatly appreciated. First some background info, last year my passenger side axle bearing went out on my '86 CJ-7 (amc 20). So now my brother was driving the jeep today and said it started smoking out the right rear (sounds similar to the symptoms of last year). Well first question is there any easy way to check and see if it is the bearing again? If it is why is this reoccuring, bent axle tube? If so what are my potential cures for this problem, hopefully not swapping new axles. I did just have a spring over performed so it would really suck, but I suppose something at the shop could have spilled. Thank you for your help.

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Re: Axle Bearing Problems

You just have to check the bearings, by pulling off the hub. You can jack up the jeep and twist the tire and turn it looking for play, but i think that is decieving. It takes a little time to pull the hub, but it worse that hearing the sound of a roasted bearing. I also think some people are just cursed with bad bearings. I have roasted many bearings with my CJ. I do ride in alot of water, and i don't have the best maitenance record, but i try to check them to make sure they are ok. I have other friends who seem to have the same curse. Some people are lucky and don't have problems with bearings.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-10-2000, 08:29 PM
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Re: Axle Bearing Problems

How about brake components?
Make sure nothing inside (the drums)is not missing or maybe touching where it's not supposed to.
Happened to me once; the adjuster fell off & tension wire broke, then $$$.

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